Archive for the ‘Store of the Future’ Category

December 30, 2016

Four retailers who won with their interactive holiday displays

By Mandy Hawkins

If you’ve ever seen Jean Shepherd’s A Christmas Story, you can recall the scene where Ralphie and his family vie for a spot in front of the local retailer’s holiday display, in order to catch a glimpse of the splendor.  Elbow-to-elbow, people frosted the glass to see what Higbees determined to represent the magic of the season.  Ralphie, of course had his eye on one thing—an official Red Ryder carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle. 

September 14, 2016

5 (BIG) reasons you should be paying attention to beacons

By Annie Mueller

Beacons are small devices that work wirelessly and communicate via Bluetooth with nearby electronics. Apple released the first iBeacon in 2013. There was a lot of hype and a little continued interest, but no one was quite sure how beacons would really, effectively, and easily be used in business environments.

Well, now we know. Or, at least, we’re starting to see the true potential of these unobtrusive, unassuming little devices.

June 14, 2016

What retailers need to know about machine learning

By Meghan Mabey

Machine learning isn’t an entirely new science, but it’s gained fresh momentum recently. Machine learning is constantly changing and improving, allowing businesses to better predict what products customers will want. Better predictions mean higher revenue and, overall, a better customer experience that will keep customers coming back.

New advancements in the field of machine learning mean that retailers, brand owners, and managers of brick-and-mortar stores can use the same technology that Amazon and other e-commerce giants use. These online giants use the technology to offer personalized recommendations to consumers on their websites; now brick-and-mortar retailers can do the same with physical products, for a completely unique and customized in-store shopping experience.